The Bridge between European Cultural Centres (BECC) is an ENCC training, exchange and mentoring programme dedicated to staff members of cultural centres. It aims to facilitate their international work experience and the acquisition of new competences and skills, which are crucial for providing better services to their community and audiences.
The BECC programme is the ENCC answer to supporting cultural centres' staff, building their capacities to face new professional and social challenges, reinforcing European cooperation and working communities, and reflecting and exchanging in a European and global context.
The BECC Programme aims to
- Share new knowledge and different experiences about current needs at an international level and introduce new ideas, knowledge and collaboration beyond national borders into the participant's daily work upon his/her return from the program.
Between 2008 and 2015, the programme has supported the mobility of 94 participants from 70 different cultural centres in 13 European countries.
- Promote international mobility and life-long learning, and increase awareness of international mobility opportunities for local staff members.
- Support lasting partnerships and cooperation between local cultural centres from different countries and facilitate international solidarity in the field of using arts & culture as a tool for empowerment.
- Enhance sensibility and awareness for different cultures and working methods
The BECC is a capacity building and process-oriented programme that lasts about 8 months. During this period, the following activities are organized:
- BECC Launching seminar
- Exchange period – minimum 10 days
- ENCC Mentoring throughout the BECC project period
This "fire-up" event is organised in a European city and is the first opportunity for all of the participants and mentors to meet. The different seminar formats prepare the participants for a learning journey that lasts at least 8 months: professional development training, workshops, coaching, peer-to-peer learning (P2P), study visits to other networks and local organisations. The ENCC organises the seminar and covers the costs for the participants (travel, accommodation, catering). Participation in the seminar is obligatory for all BECC beneficiaries.
Exchange period – minimum 7 days
The design for the learning experience is developed in cooperation between the sending and hosting organisations and the BECC participant.
The design is focused on a clear needs assessment and gives the opportunity to learn about the chosen subject in action: visiting organisations, meeting stakeholders, taking part in local activities, taking part in evaluations, sharing past experiments.
The hosting organisation facilitates the learning process by tackling the language challenge, providing a local coach, implementing the learning design as agreed prior to the exchange and offering a qualitative learning experience.
The sending organisation facilitates the learning process by organizing a thorough needs assessment, quality cooperation with the hosting organisation and careful preparation of the BECC participant.
The exchange lasts a minimum of 7 days, with no maximum indicated.
ENCC Mentoring throughout the BECC period
ENCC aims at supporting BECC participants in their learning process, from the moment of being selected to participate into the BECC programme up to project evaluation (about 8 months). The ENCC communicates about and invites the BECC participants to capacity building activities and events organised by the ENCC and other organisations. Participants have access to an interactive ressource database on a dedicated website, as well as to a Facebook fanpage.
The evaluation is a very relevant moment as the BECC participants are asked to submit reports to the ENCC and explain the outcomes of his/her experience as well as of the organisations involved.
Practical information for BECC participants and participating organisations
The Agreement between hosting-sending organizations and the ENCC must be delivered to the ENCC office no later than 2 weeks before the beginning of the first exchange.
Hosting and sending organizations are obliged to inform the ENCC office about the the Programme of the exchange no later than 2 weeks before the beginning of the planned exchange. The Programme should be sent to the ENCC office by email: email@example.com.
Both Programme and Agreement should be delivered to the office in electronic form with signatures of representatives of each organization.
A report as well as products* prepared by the sending and hosting organizations & a each participant from a single exchange should be delivered to the ENCC office within the month following the exchange.
* Products are any materials produced in the frame of an exchange, i.e. photos, videos, leaflets, articles, printed materials, blogs, social media products etc.